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Great Food in a Pinch

It is often very difficult to find the time to cook going throughout your medical career. Recently, I actually offered to cook for some people in the office during my summer internship. Once they accepted, it was then that I became a little bit nervous. I didn’t want to be spending forever cooking, plus I hadn’t done it in a little while. I cook in school but only very very simple things. But, for this, I knew that it would be time to step up my game. I also wanted to look for a meal that maybe I could even cook back at school. So, I started searching for “quick eats”, “food to make in under 30 minutes”, and “how to cook great meals quickly”, for example.   Nintendo  Remember, this was for people in the office, so I didn’t want it to get messed up at all. I wanted something that was simple to make but still looked like it would taste great. I continued on my adventure to try and cook a meal that I had not made before while cooking for the first time for co-workers. Surprisingly, it did not take me that long to discover a great recipe online. I found a recipe by Rachael Ray, called “Parmesan Crusted Chicken”. This looked like it could be the simple meal that I was looking for, that...

The Secret to the Best Nap

We all have that one friend who could be a professional napper. They disappear under the covers for anywhere from 10 minutes to two hours and come out looking like they just slept a luxurious twelve hours. We feel inspired, try to squeeze in a nap, and 95% of the time, end up waking up either like this: Tumblr | Rachel Chow or like this: Tumblr | What Should the Doc Call Me   So how did they do it? And why can’t we? To answer these questions, I decided to look up a few factors that affect napping. At first, I thought it could be mostly chalked up to the fact that my nap-happy friends were simply in the habit of napping. This could be partly true but there’s a lot of other facets to nap-success besides practice.   When should I nap? For most, in order to align with your circadian rhythm, the best nap time is the early afternoon between 1 and 3pm*. Check out this handy dandy ‘nap wheel’ designed to find you the best time to nap based on when you woke up. *We should note that this time applies for a regular nap, and not a once or twice a week phenomenon which no matter the time, could also disrupt your natural rhythm.   And for how long?   Here’s a nice concise...

Best Eats in Town: The Big Apple BBQ

A BBQ for any and all ages, with great cheap eats for pre-meds, med students, interns and residents. The weekend of June 13th and 14th is an exciting time in New York City’s Madison Square Park. The annual Big Apple BBQ kicked off and it kicked off with a bang. Barbecue trucks from all over the country came down to NYC and cooked out for the weekend.     However, there is one truck that will always have a special place in Almost Doc’s heart, the Ubons barbecue truck from Yazoo City, Mississippi. One of the men in the long line of Roark’s from Mississippi has a son in law who is a primary care physician, but always makes time to come down for the cookout. As for the food itself, the BBQ pulled pork was exceptional and you can always try their non-alcoholic Hot and Spicy Bloody Mary mix as well.  ...

Cranial Vault: Unlocking the Mind Through Poetry in Medicine

Cranial Vault Too often in school we learn to sit and write and we focus on things that just aren’t right. the monotony begs and it pleads! with us to let it stay so that tomorrow it can come back after it’s already ruined today.   But the education and learning is not in those books although that discipline, will serve you well later. Medicine did not discover itself or make its own rules but yet instead we’ve created boxes only for us to stand inside. To think freely and learn becomes a thing of the past while we are concerned with what if we come up last, what do we do and how do we do it? are all questions that confuse the class. The edge is scary and the cliffs are high… for surely none want to fall. But fall to what and fall to where? you’ll only find out, if you go down there, to not look back and lose those 4 years to not look back and be filled with tears surely now, there will be pain I mean it’s med school let’s be honest.   But what if a med student’s lifestyle was written in a poem? And they broke all the rules and then proceeded to show them that to think and create and do something new there will be not be many...

The One Topic That Doctors Are Scared to Death to Talk About

Just Can’t Get Enough Fact: the easy availability of internet porn at a young age presents the Millennial generation (and others) with potentially serious issues. See this excellent article in The Atlantic. Fact: we don’t entirely understand the effects of this hyper-stimulating, artificial reality on developing brains, nor do we understand the long term social and sexual effects. See this article in Salon and watch the TED talk at the bottom of this post. Fact: we ignore and stigmatize this issue at our peril. If healthcare providers can’t talk about this openly, who can?     Just Can’t Get It Up So, Josh.0 and I decided that the time was ripe for an important musical parody PSA on the perils of excessive internet pornography use. Thanks to Facebook fan Terisa Lynn Foster Flick for winning our “obscure medical condition” contest with “spheno-palatine-ganglioneuralgia”! And props to the Black Eyed Peas for their song “Just Can’t Get Enough” which is the perfect substrate for this, uh, sticky topic!   Featured image from Flickr...

A Reward Worth More Than $1 Million: Becoming a Doctor

“So, is it worth it?” A fellow airplane passenger asked me this after stealing glances at my Macbook screen and realizing I was in medical school. He was debating whether or not to apply and admitted that he already had many doubts. Though he was a tentative pre-med and had not yet taken his MCAT, the question resonated with me and I’m sure, many individuals at various stages in their medical training. I had thought about this many times throughout my schooling, during all-nighters in which I’d study dozens of origin and insertion flashcards to prepare for an anatomy practical or while staring at my interns typing SOAP notes and wondering why I was still at the hospital for the 15th hour. The answer I’d come up with? It depends on why you go. First, you don’t do it for the money. Being a doctor just isn’t as lucrative as you may think (see: $1 million dollar mistake). While a medical education will likely afford someone with a 6-figure annual salary, it comes at a price. The average medical school debt for 2013 graduates was just under $170k and that’s not including the potential undergraduate or post-baccalaureate loans. In addition to the bottom line, one also has to consider opportunity costs associated with going to medical school. Many spend the majority of their 20s either preparing for or being in medical school,...

The Graduation Speech Every Student Needs to Hear

  ‘Tis the season for graduation speeches. This video above is a re-imagination of an incredible one given by David Foster Wallace a short while before his untimely suicide. It excerpts a portion of the speech that DFW used to illustrate what he believed was the true value of a liberal arts education as a post-grad living in the real world. All the more reason for you to ask yourself, why would this be posted on a website for students of medicine and healthcare? There comes a time when every healthcare practitioner has at some point felt the monotony and the routine that DFW’s speech alludes to as “adult life.” Even as a student, the repetitive and memorization-based nature of the medical curriculum can be hard to cope with each and every day. Through it all, it’s important to reconcile what you believe in and why you do the things you do. People choose this profession and this lifestyle because they believe in something. Sometimes that belief is in healing humanity; other times it is in their own ego. My favorite quote from this speech (which was curiously left out of the video) addressed this concept of belief in a rather poignant way. …here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we...